Ogun govt rolls out measures to tackle Coronavirus


…bans gatherings  of 20, above

…says only 20% workforce should come to work daily

…issues stern warning to worship centres

By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

Ogun State government on Monday announced other series of measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. One of such measures was the ban on gathering of people more than 20 promising that any group caught violating this order, be it secular or spiritual would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The government said, though, some religious groups that held services on Friday and Sunday with numbers of worshipers more than 50 as against former government directive had since apologised but the government would never again tolerate such indiscretions and flagrant disobedience to measures being put in place to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

The government has equally directed that only 20% of his workforce across all cadres both at the local and state government levels must come to work daily and that the arrangement should be such that each worker comes to the office once a week.

This arrangement however exempted essential workers such as the health personnel, fire service and Ogun State Emergency Management Authority.

The governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun, according to statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, gave these marching orders after a crucial meeting held on Monday to further contain the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The governor also banned all visit to the government offices except those that were related to combating Covid-19 while all government offices must maintain social distancing, provide hands sanitizers and hands washing facilities among other personal hygiene measures.

The government also directed that henceforth, taxi cabs are to carry three passengers with maximum of two at the back, Tricycles are to carry maximum of two at a time, commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada are to carry one passenger with the riders using protective mask while buses are to carry two passengers per roll with nobody standing, lapping or squatting.

All unions at all intra/interstate motor parks in the state were also directed to ensure that temperature of drivers, conductors and passengers was taken and those above the threshold are not allowed to drive or travel.

The Drivers and conductors were also mandated to wear hand gloves and nose masks through the duration of trips.

These measures, according to the statement apply to all vehicles, irrespective of the ownership or use (commercial, private or company) while motorists were equally advised to ensure that windows of their vehicles are wound down to allow free air circulation with minimal use of air-conditioners only when it becomes absolutely inevitable.

Leadership of all gated markets, shops and malls were also urge to ensure entry controls such that a maximum of 20 people could congregate at each trading point at every point in time within the markets or shops.

For open markets, the leadership were  also enjoined to work with the State Task Force and their Local Government counterparts to ensure that the social distancing of five feet is maintained as well as maximum of 20 persons density in the markets.

In addition, market leaders are directed to draw up rosters of various market or product groups to open and sell their wares in rotation whilst this order lasts.

Similarly, banks, telecommunications and other similar service providers that offer services in hubs and or bays are required to ensure that no more than 20 clients are in their service areas at a time.

Social distancing must be maintained between those who will be on the queue or waiting halls by at least five feet between clients. Those outside the halls should maintain similar standards of social distancing. This rule, according to the government directives  applies to all Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Points, where operators must also provide wipes, hand-washing facilities and sanitisers for seamless use by clients.


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